Radio 52, side A, track 7: “Shake It Up” by The Cars, #68 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

The Cars - Shake It UpOh, The Cars, it was nearly the beginning of my radio-taping career when this song first showed up on my track list.  Which means it was also one of the first songs I ever wrote about.  And good thing, too, because about halfway through this particular track the sound drops out and all you hear is static for several seconds.  Pretty horrifying, The Cars.  But it wasn’t the first time it had happened that night.  The very first song on the countdown had some static issues.  Still, even knowing it was a possibility didn’t prepare me for it every time it happened.  The worst of it was that I couldn’t just skip the track, The Cars, which is what I normally would have done.  No.  I couldn’t.  This was the be-all and end-all of my radio-taping career.  This is what my index and middle finger had practice for for over the last year and a half.  I only had each and every one of these moments to record one time for all of eternity.

That might be a little dramatic, The Cars, but back then, I think that’s a pretty apt description of the level of anxiety I was feeling.  Which kind of sums up not just the life of a teenager but pretty much everyone ever.  There’s always something that’s a big deal to you that everyone else on the planet couldn’t give a crap about.  Like, I just saw some picture of a little girl having a temper tantrum in front of the President, face-down on the floor crying her eyes out.  I’m sure her parents were mortified. I’m sure Obama was amused and/or annoyed.  And I’m sure for that little girl, in that moment, whatever was bothering her was the worst thing in the world.  Except it wasn’t.  Most things aren’t.  It’s actually made it harder to enjoy my beloved TV shows and comics books and movies as the years progress.  Because all that drama, both the real and the fictitious variety, doesn’t mean much to but a handful of people involved.  There are so many things going on right now as I’m typing this post that I’ll never know about and that have absolutely no affect on me whatsoever that it’s more than a little depressing.  And I’m just talking about the humans on the planet.  If you start to think about the animals and the insects, if you start to think about the planet and the solar system and beyond, then you really understand the meaning of the word insignificance.

Ah well, The Cars, at the end of the day, so what?  Even though I know these things to be true at my core, I’m still going to obsess over posting to this blog every day and make sure I got all the lyrics right and yes, I’ll still have a tiny pit in my stomach that I lost the radio signal for 2 seconds on a cold Minnesota night over 20 years ago when I was recording music on what is now considered a quaint relic.  So yeah.  None of this really has anything to do with your great song, The Cars.  Sorry about that.  But congrats on making it to the countdown!

“Shake It Up”

A’well, dance all night
Play all day

Don’t let nothin’
Get in the way

Dance all night
Keep the beat

Don’t you worry ’bout two left feet
Shake it up

Shake it up

Shake it up

Shake it up

Well, dance all night
Get real loose

You don’t need no bad excuse

Dance all night
With anyone

Don’t let nobody pick your fun
Shake it up

Oo oo
Shake it up

Yeah yeah
Shake it up

Oo oo
Shake it up

That’s right
I said
Dance all night (go go go)
And dance all night (get real low)
Go all night (get real hot)
Well, shake it up, yeah
All you’ve got
Woo!

<awesome The Cars jam>

A’well dance all night
And whirl your hair

Make the night cats stop and stare

Dance all night
Go ta work

Do the move with the quirky jerk
Shake it up

Oo oo
Shake it up

Yeah
shake it up

S’right
Shake it up

A’well dance all night (go go go)
Get so light (get real low)
Dance all night (get real hot)

Shake it up

All you’ve got
Woo!

Shake it up
Make a scene
Let ’em know what you really mean

Dance all night
Keep the beat
Don’t ya worry ’bout two left feet
Shake it up

Oo oo
(Shake it up)

Yeah
Shake it up

Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Yeah
(Shake it up)

Shake it up
Shake it up, baby
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Shake it up, baby
(Shake it up)
Shake it up
Oo oo
Shake it up

(Shake it up)
Yeah yeah
Shake it up

Oo oo
(Shake it up)
Shake it up

Shake it up

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5 thoughts on “Radio 52, side A, track 7: “Shake It Up” by The Cars, #68 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. table9mutant says:

    Oh I used to love The Cars. God I feel old now…. 😦 lol

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